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"Europe's the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster." - D. H. Lawrence.

"A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands." - Lord Byron.

Clawed LOBSTERS comprise a family (Nephropidae, sometimes also Homaridae) of large marine crustaceans. They have long bodies with muscular tails, and live in crevices or burrows on the sea floor. Three of their five pairs of legs have claws, including the first pair, which are usually much larger than the others. Highly prized as seafood, lobsters are economically important, and are often one of the most profitable commodities in coastal areas they populate. Commercially important species include two species of Homarus from the northern Atlantic Ocean, and scampi – the northern-hemisphere genus Nephrops and the southern-hemisphere genus Metanephrops. Although several other groups of crustaceans have the word "lobster" in their names, the unqualified term "lobster" generally refers to the clawed lobsters of the family Nephropidae. Clawed lobsters are not closely related to spiny lobsters or slipper lobsters, which have no claws (chelae), or to squat lobsters. The closest living relatives of clawed lobsters are the reef lobsters and the three families of freshwater crayfish.

The AMERICAN LOBSTER, Homarus americanus, is a species of lobster found on the Atlantic coast of North America, chiefly from Labrador to New Jersey. Within North America, it is also known as the northern lobster or Maine lobster. It can reach a body length of 64 cm (25 in), and a mass of over 20 kilograms (44 lb), making it the heaviest crustacean in the world. Its closest relative is the European lobster Homarus gammarus, which can be distinguished by its coloration and the lack of spines on the underside of the rostrum. American lobsters are usually bluish green to brown with red spines, but a number of color variations have been observed.

In North America, the American lobster did not achieve popularity until the mid-19th century, when New Yorkers and Bostonians developed a taste for it, and commercial lobster fisheries only flourished after the development of the lobster smack, a custom-made boat with open holding wells on the deck to keep the lobsters alive during transport. Prior to this time, lobster was considered a mark of poverty or as a food for indentured servants or lower members of society in Maine, Massachusetts, and the Canadian Maritimes, and servants specified in employment agreements that they would not eat lobster more than twice per week. Lobster was also commonly served in prisons, much to the displeasure of inmates. American lobster was initially deemed worthy only of being used as fertilizer or fish bait, and it was not until well into the twentieth century that it was viewed as more than a low-priced canned staple food.

Caught lobsters are graded as new-shell, hard-shell or old-shell, and because lobsters which have recently shed their shells are the most delicate, there is an inverse relationship between the price of American lobster and its flavour. New-shell lobsters have paper-thin shells and a worse meat-to-shell ratio, but the meat is very sweet. However, the lobsters are so delicate that even transport to Boston almost kills them, making the market for new-shell lobsters strictly local to the fishing towns where they are offloaded. Hard-shell lobsters with firm shells, but with less sweet meat, can survive shipping to Boston, New York and even Los Angeles, so they command a higher price than new-shell lobsters. Meanwhile, old-shell lobsters, which have not shed since the previous season and have a coarser flavour, can be air-shipped anywhere in the world and arrive alive, making them the most-expensive. One seafood guide notes that an eight-dollar lobster dinner at a restaurant overlooking fishing piers in Maine is consistently delicious, while "the eighty-dollar lobster in a three-star Paris restaurant is apt to be as much about presentation as flavor".

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  • Atlantic LOBSTER - since 2006. "We distribute over two million pounds of live lobster." Are you interested to know where your lobster came from and who caught it? All of our live Atlantic lobster comes banded with a Trace Me code. Use the form on the Trace Me site to find out all about your lobster. Direct Distribution from the Fishermen’s Boat.
  • BUY FRESH MAINE LOBSTER - list of 45 suppliers.
  • CLEARWATER - since 1976. "Dedicated to Sustainable Seafood Excellence." Premium Hardshell Fresh Lobster.
  • COLCHESTER OYSTER FISHERY - since 1965. "Suppliers of the Finest Seafood." England.
  • E. Goodwin & Sons Seafood - since 1969. "If it swims, we have it!" Live Maine lobsters of all sizes and specifications.
  • HANCOCK GOURMET LOBSTER COMPANY - since 1946. "Each morning, our culinary team rises with the sun to make the day’s orders. A pure Maine experience inspired by generations of family recipes, made from scratch without compromise. And each order? Well, it arrives ready for you to heat, eat and enjoy when the time is right, no prep needed from you. All of our products are made in small batches to preserve quality."
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  • LOBSTER OF THE MONTH CLUB - since 2003. "Each month we'll deliver a selection of 4 Maine lobster tails shipped ocean-fresh from the same waters that supply some of the most exclusive restaurants around the world."
  • Lobster Place - since 1974. Wild Northern Lobsters, Atlantic Lobsters, Maine Lobsters.
  • - "Maine Lobster Delivery Online Since 1999." LobsterAnywhere is your trusted source for the best Maine lobster delivery to your front door, overnight, guaranteed. And we do not just ship Maine’s iconic crustacean, we also deliver fresh cooked lobster meat, authentic lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, bisque and plenty of frozen tails for sale.
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  • LOBSTERS AT AMAZON.COM'S GROCERY & GOURMET FOOD - as of January 8, 2022: 881 results.
  • Maine Lobster Direct - since 1995. "Your Maine Seafood Connection." Shipping Fresh Live Maine Lobsters.
  • The Lobster Place - since 1974. "NYC's Best Lobster & Seafood Supplier." Lobster Place has provided NYC with the best lobster and seafood for more than 4 decades. Visit our market or have fresh seafood delivered to your door.
  • Trade-Seafood Industry Directory - "Wholesale Seafood Suppliers & Distributors of Maine Lobster."
  • W. Harvey & Sons - since 1955. "Cornish Lobsters." Lobsters are normally caught from spring through to late autumn and "rested" in our sea tanks for at least 24 hours before despatch. We only buy lobsters from The South Western Approaches. Some lobsters are net caught so we are able to supply "jumbo" lobsters for really hungry people or for display purposes. Live and cooked lobsters are currently available, lobster meat will be available soon.
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